Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that his company will make a pickup truck right after “Model Y” – a crossover SUV vehicle that is reportedly in advanced stages of development.
Musk had asked his 17.1 million Twitter followers for feedback on how the auto and power company “can improve further” to which one user responded by saying that “a pickup truck is needed”.
“I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost five years. Am dying to build it,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday.
In terms of size, the pickup truck would be comparable or slightly bigger than Ford’s F-150. “Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d like to add,” Musk tweeted in reply.
Earlier this year, Musk had said that the auto company planned to show off an electric pickup sometime within the next couple of years.
Later, at Tesla’s big semi-truck unveiling in November, he revealed an image of an electric pickup truck, based on the architecture of the semi-truck. Musk had unveiled the all-electric “green” semi-truck at an event in Hawthorne, California, site of the auto-maker’s design bureau and the headquarters of SpaceX, the aerospace company he also founded.
The company says the truck can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in five seconds, and reach that speed in 20 seconds hauling a maximum 80,000 pound load, must faster than a traditional diesel truck.
(Written with inputs from IANS)